Rep. Josh Gottheimer

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New Jersey Congressman Wants Answers About Power Outages As New Storm Approaches

March 12, 2018 - 3:38 pm

TRENTON, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- Yet another nor’easter is coming to the Tri-State Area, and the snowy, windy forecast has some New Jersey residents holding their breath.

Hundreds of thousands of power customers lost electricity, and as of Monday, a few thousand were still out. New Jersey’s major utilities said Monday that more than 6,300 customers were still in the dark after a nor’easter clobbered the area Wednesday.

Most lost their service during the Wednesday storm, but some have been without power since the first nor’easter of the month back on Friday, March 2.

As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported, officials are looking for answers as to why so many power customers were left without service – and received so little information – after the two recent storms.

And now a new storm is coming in.

"But I think we have to be ready because those homes are still out. What are they going to do?” said U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-New Jersey), who represents a North Jersey district. “And do we have our people deployed and they are thinking now what could happen?"

Gottheimer thinks the power companies’ response has been inexcusable.

"I don't understand why in this day and age with the computer systems we have, the technology we have to track these things -- on your phone, you can track what is going on… why there is not better information and better coordination," he said.

Gottheimer will be looking to see how utility companies in other states deal with such problems.

The National Weather Service reports wet snow and rain will arrive Monday evening and give way to accumulating snow, along with wind, overnight into the morning commute Tuesday before it tapers off in the afternoon.

New Jersey and the rest of the Tri-State Area are expected to be spared the worst effects of the coming storm system, but Suffolk County and southern Connecticut could see heavy accumulations.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has called power companies’ response to the storm “embarrassing.”